2024 Summer Session: June 11 - July 12

About the Program

  • Earn 6 to 7 upper-division credits in just 4 weeks!

  • Scholarships available!

The Deutsche Sommerschule von New Mexico is a total immersion academic program of the Department of Languages, Cultures and Literatures of The University of New Mexico, which simulates the experience of studying at a German-speaking university. The Sommerschule offers language courses, a lecture series central to the academic mission of the program, afternoon and evening elective courses taught by in house and guest faculty and an extensive selection of extra-curricular activities. Participants pledge to speak only German while at the Sommerschule.

The program is located in Kingston, New Mexico, a small village nestled in the Gila Mountains of Southwestern New Mexico. This secluded and beautiful site allows students to focus on participating fully in a German-speaking environment. While attending the Deutsche Sommerschule, faculty and students live and work together in the charming and rustic Black Range Lodge.

The 2024 lectures center on Kulturschock: Wenden in den deutschsprachigen Kultur(en). Our curriculum is further complemented by evening presentations and lectures featuring our visiting scholars, authors-in-residence, artists-in-residence, and guest lecturers. 

What We Offer:

  • German Immersion
  • Undergraduate Seminars
  • Graduate Seminars
  • Workshops & Lecture Series
  • Teacher Training
  • Master of Arts in German Studies
  • Goethe Language Proficiency Certification

Extracurricular Activities:

To complement the learning experience at this summer school, students can hike the Gila Mountains; explore the Gila National forest, visit the small town of Truth or Consequences and The Museum of Space History in Alamagordo, discover the beauty of the sand dunes in White Sands National Park, visit Las Cruces, or play badminton at the Black Range Lodge. While a traditional Frühschoppen marks the transition to the second half of the program, the end of the program is celebrated with a Talentabend, a fun-filled evening of student skits and performances.

The German Summer School was founded in 1975 by Peter Pabisch and George F. Peters — with the support of Ernest H. Blake, A. Leslie Wilson, The University of New Mexico, and the Goethe House New York.

To view our 2023 program booklet, please click here
The 2024 program booklet will be published in May 2024.

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